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Behemoth Blonde Barleywine - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 533
Gots: 530 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A huge, sweet Barley Wine with complex caramel malt notes, balanced by generous hopping and a high alcohol content. This fruity and malty beer is best enjoyed while keeping warm in the brutal winter months.

80 IBU

2005 Bottle release - Pink Wax
2007 Bottle release - Yellow Wax, hands not skull on flat finish label (Brewed in Nov 06)
2008 Bottle release - Purple Wax
2009 Bottle release - Blue Wax
2010 Bottle release - Green Wax
2011 Bottle release - White Wax
2011 Bottle release - Yellow Wax, glossy label, skull on label (Ohio only)
2012 Bottle release - Red Wax
2013 Bottle release - Orange Wax
2014 Bottle release - Blue wax

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

2011 bottle sent from duffcalifornia so thanks to him! Enjoyed on 09/21/11.

A - Pours a clear, dark amber with a small off-white head. Leaves a nice wall of lacing down the sides.

S - Lots of alcohol on the nose, along with a very earthy, floral hoppiness. Rich caramel malts balance it out.

T - The taste is sweeter than the nose. Very nice rich caramel sweetness throughout. Nice hop flavor and balance through the middle. Sweet malts again on the finish along with a nice kick of alcohol. Excellent.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good, could be a little more full.

O - Overall, I think this is an excellent barleywine. Can't wait to see what a couple years of age does to this one. Still have yet to be disappointed by FFF.

09-22-2011 04:12:09 | More by Janderson91
Photo of BlastBeats


4.25/5  rDev 0%

I enjoyed this one on tap at the Three Floyds brewpub.. served in an unorthodox looking snifter.

Appearance: bright blonde/orange color with an eggshell white head that formed formed layers on the glass that reminded me of a geological observation.

Smell: hop resin, faint citrus, and other aromas reminiscent of an India pale ale despite this being a barleywine.

Taste: sweetened, caramelized malt united with an abundance of hops. Some sweet fruit flavors in the background as well.

Mouthfeel: not as thick as I expected a beer that goes by the name "Behemoth" to be.. certainly not airy though. Medium/full body with just the right amount of carbonation lead to very pleasant drinking.

Overall: another exceptional beer by Three Floyds. I'm not sure how true to the style this one is, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I'm certainly going to pick up a bottle if I happen to spot this on the shelves somewhere.

09-21-2011 07:08:42 | More by BlastBeats
Photo of mattboyer182


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

A - Poured out of a fresh bottle. The beer is an amber color and a tan head with good lacing.

S - There definitely a bitter hop and sweet sugars and roasted malts.

T - Super, super hoppy. Very bitter at first. Sweet malts but very over powered by the hops and leaves an insanely bitter after taste.

M - Heavy bodied with light to medium carbonation.

O - Overall very powerful brew. I prefer this one with some age on it.

09-15-2011 21:53:04 | More by mattboyer182
Photo of Treebs


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Had on draft at FFF Brewpub. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a clear mahogany with dark amber hues around the edges where the light hits it. One finger, off-white head forms on the pour and leaves some great lacing on the way down.

S: I'm picking up some tropical fruits and some candied sugars. Very sweet. There is a slight sweet toffee malt as well floating in the background.

T: Sweet sugars up front with a light caramel malt backbone. The hops pop back up again, but this time they give a little bit of bitterness to counter the sweetness. There is a little alcohol presence on the finish with a slight warming on the way down. This definitely tastes more like a huge DIPA with more malt.

M: Feels creamy on the way in and leaves with a dryness that brings you back for more. The bitter hops leave a slight profile on the tongue and the carbonation is nice.

O: This is very hopped up and very sweet, but it is still good and I enjoyed it a lot more than I remember.

09-11-2011 11:57:51 | More by Treebs
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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

A 22 ounce bottle sealed with purple wax, suggesting a 2008 vintage. Big thanks to kruthar for this overly generous extra! Review is from notes taken on my birthday back in May 2011.

The body is a hazy copper to the point of being opaque with orange hues around the edges of the glass. About an inch of foamy, tan head grows before receding quickly to a patch of bubbles that remains throughout the drink. Smells of hazelnut, caramel, malt, faint wheat and rye, and dark fruits. Tastes similar, with an emphasis on the hazelnut, malts, wheat, and an almost woody taste; initial thoughts suggest a gin barrel, as there are some piney/juniper undertones. Sugar and straw flavors finish this beer. Mouth is smooth and crisp, held together by a dry caramel finish. Overall, a great beer with just the right amount of age on it; I would love to have this again.

09-02-2011 03:59:55 | More by eclipse54
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3.99/5  rDev -6.1%

About 6 months before I got into micro's, I tried Behemoth with some friends from another hobby. I don't think I liked much at the time. I = asshole.

Got another crack at it on August 7th, 2011 thanks to my friend Dan who brought the bottle as part of our Lollapalooza partying. Bomber into wine glass.

Love the label on this one coupled with the white wax. Toffee or medium-brown coloring with minimal head. Solid lacing and legs. Fairly murky.

Aroma consists of caramel malts, figs, and various zesty fruit (I'm fairly certain of grapefruit and not-so-certain of orange). No alcohol on the nose. Seriously, the hop profile on this beer, similar to all FFF offerings is instantly recognizable and balances well with the heavier, sweeter aromas.

Zealous taste here. Initial caramel and toffee followed by fruity sweetness. Leads into hops at the backend combined with spices. Subtle herbal tone adds complexity. Nice aftertaste, slight bitter and dry finish.

Feel is smooth and mellow. Carbonation is adequate, ditto for the medium-thick body. 'Tis was I expects.

Really very little alcohol heat in this one, contrary to its name. Slightly warming in the drink's backend. I've got no beef with drinking this one during the summer, and in particular on a day when I was outside for 10 hours and couldn't stand to be more than 10 feet from the AC afterwards. I guess that's a positive note for a barleywine.

Wish the BA version wasn't complete unobtanium.

08-09-2011 21:46:21 | More by Auracom
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District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

I currently have the 2008, 2010, and 2011 versions of this brew. I've sampled it several times, but never reviewed it until now. Lucky me!

I purchase this in Kentucky at one of the Liquor Barn locations.

A: "Blonde Barleywine" huh? I didn't detect it. This was totally an amber colored brew, with a slight 1/10 inch head that didn't make much of an impression.

S: Smelled like Dreadnaught on steroid: Hoppy, fruity, sugary and then some. No "blondness" yet.

T: I could tell this was amazingly well crafted right away. FFF taste profile inbedded in a Barleywine. It totally has the taste of an over-the-top DIPA, but with a rich, caramel undertow.

M: Not much carbonation, but I didn't expect that from a Barleywine. The lacing was moderate.

O: I have three more of these in various vintage years. Now what?

08-05-2011 02:50:43 | More by Chaney
Photo of FanofHefe


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

2010 bottle, green wax. Poured into a 3Floyds pint glass. Clear, deep, amber body with a bit of red hue. Two-finger light tan head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves lots of sticky lacing and a bit of a creamy cap on top.

Rich caramel malt is the primary aroma, followed by a bit of spiciness and some light hops. Not finding this to be much more complex but it does have a very solid barleywine aroma.

Fairly complex blend of flavors that works VERY well. The primary taste of the malt combines well with the slightly bitter hops to keep this from coming across too sweet. The spiciness is very close to a mild pepper taste. The rich blend of flavors explode even more as it warms up a bit.

A hint of alcohol in the mix, detracts just a little from the mouthfeel, but it is not overpowering. Might be the best barleywine I've ever had. Will do my best to grab a couple more these and age. I expect it will only get better.

07-20-2011 23:59:49 | More by FanofHefe
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3.63/5  rDev -14.6%

This review is based on a complete vertical tasting of this.

A: Pours medium amber with a finger of tan head.

S: Sweet roasted malt and grapefruit.

T: The taste changed from year to year, and not due to the aging. Big malt and little hop in some. Big grapefruit hops and less malt in others. Some drank more like an DIPA than a barley wine.

M: On the lighter side of thick. Sometimes cloying.

O: Decent but not my favorite

07-17-2011 20:46:04 | More by jale
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Huge thanks goes out to Schmoopsbeer for this one!

A- semi aggressive pour produced a 1 finger khaki colored head that recedes quick leaving very little lacing. Beer is a amber/light brown color with some red and golden highlights. Nice color.

S- First smell is some alcohol. Then there is some ripe dark fruits, a little spicyness, some earthy tones, some bitter hops.

T- candied brown sugar, slight bitter hops, grapefruit, molasses, slight alcohol taste, almost a cedar wood type taste that is excellent, slight vanilla, and a tobacco type taste as well similar to a maduro cigar. Maybe a little apple and soy? in there. Very good beer. the alcohol is nice and warming, perhaps the best feeling alcohol warmth I've had. On the bottle it says "for those harsh winter nights" and I completely agree that this would be great on a winter night. A very complex and wonderful beer. DO NOT DRINK COLD! This needs to get to about 55-60 degrees before you taste all the complexity and wonderful flavors of this beer.

M- Very good carbonation feel and nice and slick on the way down.

O- Excellent beer. Three Floyds, you have done it again. Very good drinkability given the abv.

07-13-2011 22:45:44 | More by t420o
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3.8/5  rDev -10.6%

2011 Vintage - Pours a clear copper with a thin cream head the leaves good lacing.

Nose wackes you with strong citrus hops, some toffee and bready malts and sweet caramel.

Taste is like the nose, citrus hops are up front bready malts and sweet caramel on the finish. The sweetness is a little syrupy and almost too much, but it does hide the alcohol well.

An IPA barleywine, a nice twist on the barlywine style. Only complaint is a it's a little too sweet.

06-26-2011 01:44:39 | More by FLBeerGuy
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

reviewed from notes, On draft at Holy Grale, poured into a Snifter, 2011 Vintage

A: pours a slightly hazy amber with a 2 finger cream colored head c good retention and leaves an intricate lacing pattern

S: floral hops, caramel malt, sweet tropical fruits and honey

T: very similar to smell, floral and citrus hops, tropical fruit - mango and pineapple, caramel malt and a touch of honey

MF: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp yet smooth

O: at this point I feel that 3 Floyds can do no wrong, a nice barleywine with 3 Floyds trademark hoppy flavor, would like to try different vintages and see how this changes with age

06-25-2011 17:29:14 | More by ADTaber
Photo of sidetracked


3.88/5  rDev -8.7%

2011 bottle.

Pours a clear deep ruby red, slightly brown with a good off-white, light cream head. Good lacing.

Smell is bitter citrus hops with a strong toffee and bready malts presence. Grapefruit, lemon, pine-sol, floral and herbal hoppiness.

Taste upfront is a light citrus bitterness with toasted toffee malts quickly dominating. Caramel, toffee malt finish with a little bitter citrus peel. Kind of a tea-like, herbal hop presence. Lingering malts mixed with lemon/grapefruit hops.

Medium bodied and syrupy with a medium/high carbonation that cuts down some of the thickness and helps the beers drinkability. No noticeable alcohol.

An easy to drink malty, IPA-style barleywine. Even though the bottle is fairly fresh the hops taste slightly faded. However for a fresh barleywine, the body is great with the alcohol well integrated. Good, but not worth the price point.


06-25-2011 02:40:41 | More by sidetracked
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4.08/5  rDev -4%

2008 Vintage – Purple Wax. Big thanks to betsona for this bottle (and another that I doubt will last very long). Enjoyed at cellar temp.

Pours a light ruby red, bordering on copper, with a two-finger tanned head that belies its age. The lacing is similarly impressive for a three-year-old barleywine.

The aroma is all rich caramel malts and dried fruits; plums abound. The taste is much more of the same: rich toffee sweetness (though it’s far from cloying) and very dark fruit flavors. Another layer of rich sweetness emerges as the beer warms, this one of brown sugar. The taste is somewhat similar to demerara syrup. No alcohol bite to speak of here.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin for a beer this big; I was expecting something a bit more lush and full-bodied, but it seems a little wan. That said, this is a very impressive barleywine, and one I would readily pick up if it were distributed here.

06-08-2011 00:27:10 | More by amphion1065
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

Adding 2010 Green Wax version:
Pour an aromas are very similar with a slightly more hop forward presence than I remember. Pineapple and tropical sticky aromas
The tastes are also quite similar but with more hop flavors as well, more tropical fruits highlighted by pineapple and grapefruit citrus. Hop flavors are balanced by the thick heavy caramel and toffee maltiness in the background just as I remember.
The mouthfeel is more bitter, dry and lingering which is neither a plus or a minus from what I remember, just different.
Overall I think I like this version a little more than the aged version because the hops are top quality and really balance the thick maltiness here. Two years seems to be the right time/balance for most American Barleywines and this is no different.

2008 Purple Wax. Big thanks to WhiteHouse50 for offering this in a trade.
Pours a hazy amber orange, with a small amount of beige head. Decent lacing with nice retention.
Aromas are fairly surprising to be honest. Loads of dark caramel malts and burnt brown sugar. Sweet toffee and alcohol emerge as this gets a little warmer. Piney and mild citrus hops are detectable but you really have to dig to get them.
The tastes begins once again with waves of dark caramel and butterscotch maltiness with some brown sugar and slight dark fruitiness (plum & figs) on the back end as this warms more toward room temperature. I can detect more of the pine hop flavors initially and then as I dig deeper I get some more floral and citrus hop flavors as well. Quite complex despite the 3+ years of aging.
The mouthfeel is quite full with ample/appropriate carbonation for the style. Sticky resinous hops lightly detectable and prevalent throughout consumption. The finish is mildly sticky and sweet but not cloying or resiny.
Overall, this is a really good beer; not the best barleywine I have ever had but extremely complex and delicious despite the 3+ years of age. I usually only like a year or 2 max on this style but this is still more than acceptable; no deterioration/oxidation what-so-ever. Recommended to sample at least once in your beer drinking lifetime; one fresh/one aged. I have had the aged one now so now I have to have acquire/sample one fresh.

06-04-2011 04:07:18 | More by claspada
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3.43/5  rDev -19.3%

Thanks to Dan for this 2009 bottle. Out of my Sierra Nevada XXX glass.

A- A nice amber/orange color. Pours with a light white head that dissipates quickly. Some minor lacing.

S- Some mild sweetness and hops. Nice, but nothing too interesting.

T- Creamy and malty. Caramel and some piney hops. The beer is balanced and easy to drink, but is lacking complexity. Not what I was expecting.

M- The aftertaste is nice, and the body and carbonation are good. The beer just lacks flavor, and any real complexity.

O- I had high hopes for this beer, and it really just fell short on the flavor profile. It was smooth and easy to drink, but nothing worth seeking out again.


05-30-2011 18:02:52 | More by Gfunk720
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%

2011(white wax) poured into a Town Hall globe on 5/30/11

Pours a dark honey brown color with a solid head that dissipates leaving moderate off white lacing. Nice color and lacing. I like the appearance of this barley wine its not as frothy or heavy as most but still looks great. I like to see a frothy head with some more retention to it but not much to take a way from this beer.

Smells of citrus hop tones in the front and then carmel malt in the back. Has some vanilla characteristics to it as well. Good smelling beer. It doesn't hit the style on the mark but I think if the hops has another 6-8 months to fade this will be awesome.

Taste has a very similar profile. The hop taste is present in a grapefruit and pine form. Then the malt totally takes over giving you tastes of carmel a little vanilla in the middle and candied sugars all over. Very good tasting but again the hops begin to interfere with the style though its a nice interference.

Mouthfeel is is medium in weight and it has a little carb tingle in the beginning. There is some taste of EtOH but not a lot. Very smooth through the pallet.

Overall this is a great barley wine and I can't wait to have it after it has 2-3 years on it. Its a must have, go get some.

05-30-2011 05:20:47 | More by UMNbeerhunter
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

I don't know if i have any right to review this beer. I can't describe it properly. This beer smells, and tastes like the best candy you've ever had. Can't place any of the flavors or smells. Awesome sipper. Full mouthfeel, can't kill this quickly. Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting. ABV is noticeable, but not over powering to the rest of the beer. Overall, this is amazing. Totally blown away. Sorry I couldn't do it any justice in my description, it just tates like liquid candy, thats the best I can do. Beautiful beer.

05-30-2011 03:42:08 | More by 1Adam12
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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

2008 bottle and 2011 bottle opened up one after the other (2008 first) and shared with TulipSnifter. Thanks to naptown25rs for the '08 bottle and sweemzander for the '11. Split between my pair of Portsmouth snifters. Review score taken from the older (better) bottle.


A: Copper body, butterscotch quickly falling head, no lacing. 3/5

S: A nice amount of oxidation comprising of sherry and two day old red wine. Solid notes of toffee, plums, and raisin round out the aromas. 4.5/5

T: Again with the tart old red wine. Toast points drizzled with Dulce de Leche, warming alcohol that still has yet to fade, and dried dark fruits round out an interesting flavor profile. 4/5

M: Moderate body and low carbonation. 4/5

O: A good aged American Barleywine. Drink 'em if you've got 'em. This is really good now and may not be getting any better. 4.5/5


A: Reddish-orange with a voluminous ecru head that falls to nothing. Ridiculous lacing. 4.5/5

S: Big signature Three Floyds hops. Not much else. I prefer the more interesting aged batch to this one dimensional bore. 2/5

T: Piney hops, citrus hops, tropical hops, all on a big sweet sugary backbone. It can't decide whether it wants to be an unbalanced IIPA at this point or if it's going to be a barleywine. 2/5

M: More carbonation than the '08. I would prefer less. 3/5

O: This beer screams to be aged. Fresh it's so aggressive and over the top. Sit on it a few years and then enjoy. 2/5

05-23-2011 10:19:40 | More by hopsbreath
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

On tap at the UChicago Pub in May 2011. My goblet was a deep amber, translucent at the bottom of the glass and becoming darker up towards the one finger white head. This beer quite wowed me--a really pleasant sweetness of melon, peach, and grapefruit, caramel malts, and a nice bitter herbal/citric hoppiness balancing that. I was glad that this wasn't just a hop assault, but rather deliciousness in a glass, with a filling mouthfeel that finishes very dry. A very well balanced, well crafted American barleywine.

05-19-2011 14:11:39 | More by lstokes
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Received from nlmartin as part of the Blind Beers BIF. This one’s a bomber labelled 13% and capped with some very distinctive green wax. I poured it into a snifter and reviewed it blind.

A big ol’ creamy two-finger head of khaki sits atop an almost completely opaque beer the color of burnt umber. The bubbles are so thick and dense they look as if I could fall asleep on them, and they only recede very slowly, leaving thick reaching arms of lace as they go.

The nose: a blast of hops is noticeable first, with pine needles and orange peel. Behind is the heavier stuff: orange blossom, honey, caramel, overripe orange, vodka.

Heavy Metal flavor — the music, I mean. A blend of abrasive piney and citrusy hops, bolstered by an impressive malt bill that delivers caramel-coated lemon rind, burnt sugar, lightly toasted bread and a healthy dose of ethanol. The balance between bright hops and the deeper malt flavors is pretty perfect. It’s not terribly complex, but it’s a solid barleywine flavor.

A heavy body to match the substantial flavor. The buttery medium body is lightly carbonated and subtly fizzy. Alcohol is all over the place with this one: the tongue, the nose, the throat. It’s heavy, hot and unavoidable.

This barleywine’s got big flavors, but it’s lacking in complexity. It’s good stuff, though a year or two in the cellar would go a long way toward smoothing the alcohol out.

05-13-2011 05:51:32 | More by Phelps
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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

On tap at a FFF tap takeover at the University of Chicago Pub, 12 May 2011.

This pours a medium amber, darker than I expected, with a half finger just off white head that dies down with some lace. On the nose it isn't quite the hop assault I was expecting, or fearing, with the 'blonde' in the name. It's definitely a hop-forward, American style barleywine, but there is a good deal of caramel malt backing up some citrus hop aromas. In the mouth the nose repeats more or less verbatim, with a much more behaved and nicely balanced bitterness to sweetness ratio than I was expecting. It never becomes a sweet beer, but it's something that isn't a direct hop assault like the FFF DIPAs. The body is nice and big but not quite full, with a long finish of sweetness from caramel malt up front dying out before the last of the bitterness does further back on the tongue.

Overall, I like this beer a good deal. It didn't wow me in any category, but it's such a well put-together American barleywine, bitter but not to distraction, that I have to rate it higher overall than each of the individual parts.

05-13-2011 04:59:29 | More by EricCioe
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4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

- White wax, 2011 vintage

Deep, rich amber in color with orangish highlights. Nice thick, creamy white head of foam that coats the glass. Very complex fruitiness going on in the nose. Tropical. Aromas of pineapple and mangos. Citrus as well, with fresh orange peels and pink grapefruit. Pine, tree sap, red delicious apples, sweet malt and toffee back up the fruit.

Moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy on the palate. A very soft and easy drinking
barleywine. Getting alot of the same fruit in the taste. Pineapple, pink grapefruit, melon. Like biting into a orange peel. Sweet, sticky on the lips. Good malt. Toffee, burnt or caramelized brown sugar, maple syrup. The hops hit you in the finish. Citrus, tree sap, pine-spruce, kinda woody hop character. Nice bitterness which lingers in the back of the palate. Sweet and piney brew that stays sticky on the lips. As the beer warms the hops and toffee malt characters become more pronounced.

This is a great barleywine fresh or with a couple years of age on it. For me a world class brew.

05-09-2011 13:29:08 | More by CashMoneyVagrant
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

Nice barleywine. Very thick, barely off-white head. Not as hoppy as expected from a 3Fs beer but that is a bonus in this case. This was a 2009 bottle and it would have aged several more years, IMO. I'm thinking about trying to procure some verticals. Overall, worth a $4$ trade if you find some and older vintages should do well.

05-09-2011 04:20:24 | More by mspears68
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured as a really pretty amber color, nice lacing, thin white head. Candied sugar and hops on the nose, makes this beer smell great! Taste of sweet malts and lots of hops. Nicely balanced barley wine. Dry mouthfeel not overly heavy which is surprising for the amount of flavor this has. Overall this was probably my favorite beer I had while I was visiting the brewpub there.

05-09-2011 03:39:30 | More by Knapp85
Behemoth Blonde Barleywine from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.